Elemental

May 31st, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

It is perhaps presumptuous to claim absolutes when it comes to the human condition and our raison d’etre here on Earth.  But it is hard to identify anything more important than communication, with other people, with ourselves and with the Earth itself.  It is what creates and resolves conflict, it forges connections, and it brings joy and anguish and ultimately peace.  With that peace comes the potential for an elemental love.  This is where we as artists have come to music, and specifically jazz, as the primal and timeless vehicle of communication.  Jazz allows the simultaneous “now” of both personal and collaborative expression.  It challenges us to follow one another while stepping out into our own new territories in the moment every moment.  Music in general makes this possible, but there are things inherent in jazz that blow the “now” up to giant step proportions.  David Bowie once said that he hated touring because he just couldn’t get around the fact that he was playing the same songs every night.  With jazz, every time you play the music is potentially being reinvented.  Every time you play your own boundaries are potentially being demolished and redrawn with glory, as are the connections between you and your fellow players.  You are speaking a never before language on the spot and using it immediately to communicate with each other.  In the finest of moments, you are understanding everything about each other.  And even in the hardest of moments, you are always a half-step away from the potential for grand resolution and love.

John Coltrane would often take 45 minute solos just to find the “it” that the moment was presenting, but the “it” is happening at all times.  We can play the same song night after night and that it will be different every time.  It’s not something ordained by the composer or the soloist or the rhythm section, it’s something created alchemically by all of these elements and the air and the fire and water and the rotation of the Earth and the planets and the universe and whatever contains the universe and beyond.  This is why we play jazz and why Diotomaceous Earth tunes to 432hz.  We’re also working on a new vocal song right now.

Insensatez

May 23rd, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

Insensatez

Muistardeaux is learning ‘Insensatez’ by A.C Jobim. Slowly but surely…

Quartet

May 23rd, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

Muistardeaux played jazz the other night.  These guys have been playing together for a while – Barry Hutcherson is on drums (Bobby Hutcherson’s son), John Engle on bass and a guy named Chris on guitar.  They get together in John’s garage studio most Thursdays from around 630-830p, which is a great time frame.  Another group of guys that I have jammed with – they are more of a partying and jamming group of guys – also play on Thursdays in a pretty killer studio shack but they start at 10pm, which is too late for me these days.  Barry, John and Chris don’t party, they just get together and play and talk some and play some more.  They have been wanting to add a horn or keyboard or preferably someone who could play both.  I don’t play keyboards at all I assured them.  On tenor sax I was also probably going to be in a little over my head but thought I’d be able to keep up and occasionally give them something interesting.  The basic score of the night is that I was in over my head and didn’t give them much interestingness.  Or maybe I did, but I had the acute feeling of using up all my riffs and atonal stuff – something Anthony Torres called mixolydian or Middle Eastern or something like that but it’s not mixolydian at all – about halfway through the first tune.  After that I was holding on and playing softer than a horn player really should.  I was also sweating and my head got tired.  There’s a distinct Muistardeauxism that I think characterizes the way that we make art and play music.  It’s an intuitive freedom, a loose but informed expression.   When it’s flowing it flows big and colorfully.  But with jazz we can’t really even put that into play until there’s a certain baseline capacity that’s already been met.  Maybe that’s not true but it feels right now like it is so it must be right now.  So we’re practicing our scales and arpeggios every day.  And we have tried to play along to Jaco Pastorius and Bob Mintzer on YouTube.  I chugged an organic Root Beer at John’s after we finished playing and I don’t drink soda.

Fire in the Hole – by Diatomaceous Earth

May 22nd, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

We’ve been listening to:

May 20th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

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Joe Henderson ‘Beatrice’

Mingus ‘Ah Um’

Ornette Coleman ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come’

Slim Gailard ‘The Bartender’s just like a Mother to Me’

Derek Bailey

Wayne Shorter ‘ETC’

Charles Llloyd ‘There is a Balm in Gilead’

Charles Gayle ‘Streets’

Tim Buckley ‘I Woke Up’

Lee Morgan/Joe Henderson  ‘Etta’  ??

Christian McBride ‘Aja’